Jan 10

Arm-wrestle to the death!Click for full image

Good Show Sir Comments: More like A Feast of Beefcake.
Published 1975

You might remember this from here.

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 8.53 out of 10)

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25 Responses to “A Feast Unknown”

  1. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Early fanfic. (Not a joke.)

  2. L.B. Says:

    So, is this the ‘all-ages’ version? Considering the other cover was for ‘adults only’. Ironic considering this has so much more skin.

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    Is it The Gay Gordons?

  4. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “But Biff, we can’t do a proper lover’s toast without the champagne now, can we?”

  5. fred Says:

    A poor quality Beuf a la Sos.

  6. Francis Boyle Says:

    One for the homoerotic fight scene connoisseurs which incidentally is the name of my new band.

  7. JuanPaul Says:

    “I am a bronze god!”
    “No! I am a bronze god!”
    “Now, now, this a polytheistic society. You can both be bronze gods. Kiss and make up.”

  8. HappyBookworm Says:

    Spirit with the bi-cephalic bird headdress/cape and magician gloves to buff arm wrestlers: “Okay, boys, break it up! You keep messing around and you might sprain a wrist…”

    Good thing the man on the left isn’t actually using his dagger or anything. That would be too easy.

  9. Bibliomancer Says:

    “Buff Dudes in the Buff” from Patrick Woodroffe’s Buff Dudes period:

  10. Anna T. Says:

    Whatever the hell it is they’re actually doing, be it dancing, courting or comparing their biceps, they’re distracted enough that they haven’t noticed the white-gloved entity in a ridiculous double-birded helmet that’s clearly coming for their souls.

    Or coming to marry them. Take your pick.

  11. Tat Wood Says:

    Bottom right corner: Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s Charlie Chuck

  12. Ray P Says:

    Definition of embarrassment: turning out in loin-cloths at a full-dress battle which looks like the war of the nerds.

  13. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The third member of the group not only died but completely decomposed of embarrassment. That’s his skull at bottom left.

  14. Yoss Says:


    “The two, half-brothers with the same father (the infamous Victorian era serial killer, Jack the Ripper) share a horrible affliction thanks to the powerful elixir that gives them near-eternal life. At the start of the novel they have discovered that they can no longer engage in sexual activity except during acts of violence (their penises become erect only during an act of violence) and they ejaculate after taking lives. By the end of the novel, Grandrith and Caliban will have grappled with each other in the nude, punching, clawing and biting, each of them sporting massive erections.”

  15. GSS noob Says:

    New content, and we’re starting the year off with a bang (literally, Wiki tells us). It’s at 9.50 as I write this, a solid second place.

    I could have guessed 70s just from the outfit the man far right is wearing.
    @Tat Wood: I thought it was Dean Learner minus necktie.

    @B’mancer: One wonders about the orientation of Mr. Woodroffe’s art directors. His obit indicates he was an amiable homebody type, so perhaps they thought “Patrick’s a good chap, won’t cause a fuss about having to draw the hunks.”

    I started this comment off ready to make fun of him, but a quick Google and a bit of clicking about shows him to have been a thoroughly decent sort who produced a lot of fantasy art for books, albums and his own exhibitions, and is survived by his wife of over 50 years, children (including a professor daughter who is an expert on badgers) and grandchildren, and a big supporter of the local museum.

    So instead I say, “Patrick, you did your best considering what this novel is.”

  16. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Oh, I’ve been to a marvelous party
    In orange and sans serif fonts
    A fellow was there
    With birds for his hair
    And needed to know all our wants
    The two brothers Ripper were rassling
    Arm-in-arm, though they knew they were passing
    Dear Jose and Philip and the lout they were hassling
    I couldn’t have liked it more!

    I think the challenge is to find a Noel Coward song you CANNOT filk with this cover!

  17. DaveM Says:

    The more I look at this cover, the more confused I get about how their arms are interlocking. It looks like they are passing through each others arm rather than crossing. Still, given the plot summary, the cover could be WAY worse..

  18. Bibliomancer Says:

    A Festivus Unknown – featuring The Airing of the Grievances and Feats of Strength

  19. Anna T. Says:

    @Yoss: After reading that summary, all I have to say is that Sigmund Freud would have a field day with this novel.

  20. Tracy Says:

    The cover is actually way less violent and suggestive than the book. Don’t read the book if you’re not prepared to be nauseated.

  21. THX 1138 Says:

    @Tracy: Heck, we wouldn’t be here if we were not prepared to be nauseated!

  22. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tracy: I read the Wiki synopsis and it made me nauseated — even just the part [email protected] quoted is enough to do it. No intention of ever even being in the same room as this book, much less read it.

  23. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Trump’s first personal meeting with Putin did not live up to his fantasy of it.
    (Too Soon?)

  24. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Under the ‘Tag Chaos’, it presently reads ‘100 Horses Loincloth Magic’. I’m quite sure that that is a fair description of the cover.

  25. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @ARY: Not at all too soon. Too late, if anything.

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